I have mentioned before that I have struggled with depression and anxiety throughout my life. I have no problem saying that I take a daily anti-depressant and anxiety medication. I think talking about mental health is something we should do a lot more and there needs to be no stigma around it. I have had people ask before how I focus on my mental health especially with 2 very young children, working from home, etc. I want to share a few of the things I do. Please note that obviously I am not a professional — these are just things that work for me.
How I Focus On My Mental Health
I take time for myself: I am very lucky that I married a man that is supportive of me being my own person. He wants me to do things for myself and never complains or makes me feel bad if I need to take time for myself. Even if this means just going in our bedroom for a few minutes so I can have a few minutes alone. Or maybe it means meeting up with friends for HH. Whatever it is I do it. It resets me and fills me up.
I do things that make me happy: For me, this is working out, going for walks, reading, doing a face mask, getting a manicure. Things like that. I love being able to do the things that make me happy and I truly think doing that makes me a better wife, and mom. I know that when I exercise it really makes a HUGE difference in my mental health. When I do things to take care of myself it makes a HUGE difference in my mental health. When I do things that make ME happy it makes a HUGE difference in my mental health. I’m fairly sure that’s the same with everyone.
I ask for help: I ask my husband for help when I need it. I ask my therapist for help when I need it. I ask for help. I know I can’t do it all. I know that some days are harder than others and there is no shame in asking for help.
I better myself: I read a lot about mental health, I read a lot for fun. I take note when I am short with my husband or my kids. When I lose my cool. I try to do things that make me an all-around better person. I am not perfect by any means, but I try to be better.
I think taking care of our mental health is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. So these are the things I try to focus on since they are things I can control.
What are your thoughts on mental health?